Pablo's Legs, In Boots

This coming art walk at Standard Goods we will be featuring artist Celestine Ocean. She is also in the band that will be performing! We got the chance to learn a bit about Pablo’s Legs - what inspires them and their music making process. They are influenced by bands such as Talking Heads and have been compared to Stereolab. Celestine is really inspired musically by Fiona Apple, Scout Niblett, Santigold, and Cat Power to name a few. They describe their genre as “space jazz.”
What's the origin of your band's name? Have you changed the name before?
The name Pablo's Legs was inspired by the day we saw our friend Pablo Quevedo's legs. We had never seen them before and those fabulous legs inspired the band name and eventually the creation of the band.
When did you form the band? What inspired you to make music together?
We formed the band around April 2016. It really started as a random jam sesh in which the song "Splunk" was written and we just kept jamming from then on. Gianni added to the band later and he has been recording our upcoming album titled "In Boots".
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes/ topics of your songs?
Celestine writes the lyrics. Mick, Gianni and Ryan write the bass, guitar, keyboard and drum parts and then we all mold and develop the songs into more final versions together. Themes and topics kind of vary and aren't explicit in our songs, mainly about expression and being in touch with your funky self.
Could you briefly describe the music-making process? Anything exciting in the works? Do you have any upcoming shows?
We all get together and start jamming on a bass riff or a drum beat, then Celestine jumps on and improvises lyrics over the music. We usually record the improv to go back to it later and take parts that we liked to make them into a song. Sometimes someone from the band brings a song idea in that they wrote and we create off of that, but usually we do the improv jam then create songs out of that. A lot of our creation is improv based, even when we perform we never really do the same thing twice.
We have a lot of fun stuff in the works, we have a music video and single coming out of our song "Silverbox". We have an album on the way and we have a show on December 14th for the Capitol Hill art walk in support of Celestine's art exhibit.
What's your ultimate direction for your band?
Keep on creating music, keep on having fun! If a record deal slips in the mix, we won't complain.

Standard Goods Featured Artist: Celestine Ocean

Join Standard Goods next Thursday December 14th for a solo art show by Celestine Ocean. She is a multifaceted artist interested in the colorful worlds that exists inside each individual. Her childlike wonder and approach to art making is refreshing. We had the pleasure to chat with her about life and art. Get to know Celestine before the show!, in this interview.
Stop by the shop Thursday evening and hear music from her band Pablo's Legs too!
First off! Take us back to when you first started creating art?

Oh wow, I remember I was about 4 or 5, the first thing I ever colored in was this small cat drawing in a coloring book I had. That was also the same time I learned how to write my name (which is not an easy name to spell for a 5 year old.) I started being attracted to art at a really young age. I loved it. I mainly started with coloring books and then in elementary school I became super interested in making my own artwork. I was also a big fan of writing fictional stories and reading. I read a lot. Once I learned how to read I never stopped.

My childhood was a lot of moving around, at risk of being homeless. It was hard for me to attend school regularly and I wasn't very good at math so I always felt inferior in school settings where highly academic classes were rewarded more than artistic ones. Making artwork freed my mind of what was going on at home and made me feel confident in a school setting which really helped me work hard to finish school and continue my education after high school.

Describe your drawing style in a few words?

Whimsical, quirky, abstract.

Do you have anything you are looking forward to in 2018? What were yo
passionate about this past year?

I currently attend Cornish College of the arts but I am doing a study abroad program through Cornish to attend an art school in Florence, Italy. I'm leaving January 2018 and it is honestly a dream come true. I have always wanted to study and live in Italy. I could not be more happy about it! This past year I was really passionate about keeping up with my filmmaking and I will continue that next year and beyond.

Where did you grow up?

First part of my childhood I grew up on Maui, then I moved to Orcas Island and lived there until I graduated high school and then I moved to Seattle!
If you were an ice cream flavor what would you be?

Ooo. Mint chocolate chip.
What inspires you the most?

People on the street (da ba de da day). My life experiences, past, current and future. My partner Gianni. All my friends and family. Struggling. It's all beautiful and it's all part of the inspiration.

Do you have a mantra you live by?

"I'm just an egg floating in the ocean."

If your life was a movie what would the title be and who would you like to play you?

Oh man. Why is that a hard question! I feel like it would be a documentary and I would film my real life. OR it would be an animated cartoon. As for the title, maybe "The Celestine Prophecy"...

Can you tell us a little about what you will be sharing during your Solo Show at Standard Goods Art walk?

I will be sharing a mix of drawings, paintings, and film work I have done over the past year. Also I will be selling handmade earrings and possibly posters and postcards.

Anything else you'd like to share? :)

I'm excited! Come to the show on December 14th! My band Pablo's Legs is playing. It will be a fun and probably weird time you won't want to miss.

Soultanz, Something Old and New

We are stoked to be hosting Soultanz as our musical guests for Art Walk. The dynamic duo Singer/Producer Shayan Mashayekh and Producer Jared Rubens have a soulful feel while incorporating hip hop, electronic and RnB. Come by and hear for yourself. :) 
We caught up with Soultanz to learn more about how they got their start and what gives them inspiration. read on...
Introduce us to each member of Soultanz - Tell us a little about Soultanz? 
Soultanz always maintains a soulful feel while incorporating hip-hop, RnB, and electronic elements into the groove. The duo out of Seattle is comprised of singer/producer Shayhan Mashayekh and producer Jared Rubens, who often feature local talent.
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Shayan began as singer/songwriter who quickly evolved into a talented producer. As a singer, he has been featured on songs by Sol, BFA, Zetes, and more to come. He counts Bradley Nowell of Sublime, Kaytranada, and Michael McDonald as his influences. 
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As a producer, Jared is deeply involved in the composition of the music, spending long hours arranging samples, recording live instruments and writing lyrics. He describes as his primary influences as Madlib, Jay Dee, and Latin-American music. 
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How did you get started? 
Jared Rubens met Shayhan on Soundcloud in 2011 and they have been collaborating ever since. 
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Where does your inspiration come from?
Our inspiration has its ups and downs just like life. It comes from many angles. Pain, love, feeling trapped, world corruption, etc.

We let the music speak to us. I've (Shayhan) always said, " Ride the beat and don't force the beat to ride you.”
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What would you say is your greatest achievement so far? 
Creating an album you are proud of.
What would you say is your ultimate goal for the band?
To be timeless plain and simple.   
Any upcoming gigs that your looking forward to playing? 
October 12th at Standard goods of course! We have a show with The Bad Tenants on 10/28 at W Hotel and then we will be headed to Salem and Portland

Oregon for back to back shows on 11/3 and 11/4. Starting at Victory Club and ending at The Saturday Tavern. 

Standard Goods Featured Artist: Alba Juliao

Join Standard Goods next Thursday October 12th for the P O R T A L S exhibit by Seattle photographer Alba Juliao. Also a live music performance from Soultanz. Get to know more about Alba in our interview with her below! 

Get more information about this months artwork on our event page. 
Describe your style as an artist to us?  
The methods come from cinema and light. I started making pictures due to the movies, because it's the almost the same-but it's frozen and broken up, and then broken up again or taken apart. I've been working with film photography for about 12 years and every day I learn more about light, manipulation of film, and alternative processing.
Do you come from a creative family?
I come from a family of musicians, so yes. My mother and father were always playing music for us. My father, owned his own radio station in Panama, where I grew up, and my mother spent a lot of time teaching me the different dances of the world.
Who do you look up to most to as an artist? Any muses? 
I look up to several artists. To name a few: László Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, Imogen Cunningham, Luis Buñuel, and Lou Reed.
Where do you look to for resources and inspiration?
Inspiration comes from anything. From outer space to whatever is standing in front of me. The movie Blow up by Michelangelo Antonioni has been a constant inspiration in my life. At times, I'm not sure why, but it's either the imagery or the story that always gets me going.
What do you love most about shooting film? 
I love the process the most. It's hard not to be involved once you know how it works. From the moment I reel the film into the camera, to double-exposing, pushing/pulling the ISO, playing with light to then developing and printing in the darkroom. It is the most fulfilling moment when you have total control of the medium. Getting to experiment with it hands on keeps me absorbed; tuned in.
Favorite subject matter? 
The visual world, language, and its impact.
Describe your favorite photograph you have ever taken? 
I can't answer this one. There are some I love and some I don't. Doesn't anyone?
Favorite city to visit? 
Boquete, Panama. Where I was born.  
If you could travel back in time to any time period, where would you go? 
Difficult one, but right now, it's between traveling back to Germany 1922, to be part of the Bauhaus school of art focusing on movement and constructivism, and seeing Bob Dylan go electric at The Royal Albert Hall in 1966.
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Excited to work with the Standard Good family! And I look forward to expanding my work out here in Seattle, for now. 

Standard Goods Featured Artist: Bradley Wilkinson

Join Standard Goods for May Capitol Hill Artwalk 6 pm - 9 pm featuring Seattle based street artist, Bradley Oliver Wilkinson, also known as DARMDARM for his solo art show + live band performance by Critté.

Stop by the shop and see a collection of graffiti inspired stickers exploring friends and characters of his own design. DARMDARM finds himself waking up with his boots on, pulling apart his fingers stuck together by spray paint, squinting at the sun as it melts through his window. We sat down with Bradley to learn more about his artwork and himself. Scroll down to check out our interview with Bradley. 



Standard Goods featured local Artist: Bradley Wilkinson Capitol Hill Seattle

Tell us a little bit about yourself? What kind of work do you do? 

I am originally from Austin, tx where I started doing street art. I went to school there and received a Bachelor in Fine Arts. I also Illustrate, Animate, Make Music, and direct videos. My mural work has been seen on the Food Network and I have directed for MTV Portugal & Spain. I come from a family of Recyclers, making me now stranger of junkyards growing up. Im my spare time I like to garden, go to yoga, excercise, and roam seattle with my Russian Wolfhound, Copernicus.

My preferred medium when on the streets is acrylic hand painted stickers I wheatpaste. Darm Darm is my tag, and I have been doing graffiti for 8 years. It evolved from me saying "Dern" all the time back in 2009, and one stoned day in front of my drafting table it came to me. Darm Darm, a hybrid of "Darn" & "Nom Nom." It is weird when people call me darm darm and don't even know my name. I feel like a cartoon character.

Recently I dabbled in comics. The first one I created was for my band's (CRITTÉ) first EP, Staurt's Cove. You can get copies at our live shows. We have a full length coming out this summer. And, it has been keeping me all sorts of busy. 

I love seattle a lot. I have been in love with the atmosphere that comes with the territory. From the scenic landscapes to all the kind hearted lovely weirdos. Even the not so kind hearted lovely weirdos. We need everyone to make this texture interesting and rich. I enjoy the queer art community here, it made the transfering from austin much easier and more comfortably inhabitable. 

I love it so much here in this damn city that I decided to start an art club at Revolver with a friend. A local watering hole in Capitol Hill where we throw monthly drink n draws every second Tuesday. Friends and patrons come to draw ridiculous themes thought up by the troublemakers crew. We play drawing games, talk, and mentally crap out beer soaked comics. The next month we put them into a zine and give them away to everyone for free. I was inspired by the super talented people that put on Dune, another drink n draw located in the University District at Cafe Racer. I make it a point to indulge myself into the arts. I have been obsessed since my mom would draw pictures with me and my brother at the dinner table. Fun Fact, my first drawing ever was of a pink flamingo. (are people still reading)

 What themes are influencing your work currently? 

For this particular show, I am showcasing my street art. Which are based off my darmdarm characters and friends that I know. Themes that come to mind our heartbreak, dating, death, anxiety, humor, confidence, self revelation, growing up (or lack there of), and street culture. Stuff I think many of us have to deal with on the daily.

What is your favorite medium to work with? 

That is hard to say, because I like so many mediums and types of art. Buy i guess the most fun would be the one that is potentially the dirtiest, painting. When it comes to that, I enjoy acrylic the best because It dries really fast. Plus, I am use to it. But I do draw a lot with ink, and i like using microns and prisma markers. 

Favorite place you have ever traveled to? Where do you want to go next? 

For nature vibes Maui. For city vibes Berlin. I got to do some street art in Berlin, and the shear amount of art cover the terrain is insane. Like, not just the Berlin wall, but so much of the city! Plus they have a mural, by one of my favorite artists who mixes animation and street art from Italy, named Blu. (Check him out if you don't remember him) I really want to go back to Maui, tho. It is like an alien forrest for me over there. I like the lingo over there, and all the burnt up vehicles i saw along with the graffiti. The local kids steal cars for joyrides and destroy the evidence when they are done. The burnt rusted out frames of all the cars make for interesting installations along the highways. It is mad expensive, but it a nice place to let go for awhile.

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What do you love most about living in Seattle? How does the city inspire you? 

I love when the sun comes out, and everyone goes nuts! Plus, you can't really wheat paste in the rain... I am a fan of the legal weed. I love all the friends I have made up here. Plus, there is a lot of rich history everywhere, from the music scene to the historic evolution of the city. I love having the outdoors so close. Me and my dog Copernicus enjoy long walks in the park. Sometimes we go horseback riding and skiing. Afterwards, we take long bubble baths and drink PBR's in our haunted mansion.

On a serious note, lately I have been inspired by meditation and working on calming my mind. Yoga and exercise are a must living here. Without it, my life is bummersville. I feel this is a common thing for someone trying to wing off the bar scene, morphing into their 30's. My 20's were a blurrrrr.....

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What artist do you most identify with? 

Their are plenty of artist I admire, but not to many I identify with all the way. Here some friends that come close that I love in Austin: Matthew Briar Bonifacior,, & Diego Mireles Duran.

If a movie was made about your life what would it be called? And what actor would you want to play you? 

My Name is Darm Darm & I Came Here to Farty 4: Letting Loose the Goose 

Staring: Cheech Marin 

Five things you can't possibly live without?



Painting/Drawing Utensils

My Homies/Familia 


What do you want people to experience when they see your work?

Maybe, to try and understand my experience whether they relate with it at all. Or, maybe they just think it looks cool and they want to put it in their homes or a museum? Maybe poop their pants?

 Anything else you'd like to share with us!? 

The women in my family mean a lot to me, and I don't know where i would be without them in my life. Also, music is a gigantic part of my life as well. My great grandmother had so much influence in me wanting to play music. Though I didn't get to meet her, she was in an all female washboard band outside of Austin in the hill country of Texas. In my head, this made her a bad ass! She hand made her washboard guitar which was bequeathed to me along with her pump organ after my Grandma Loraine passed away. (she was an artist too) I was the only one out of the family that still actively played music, during the time of the funeral, so she wanted me to have them. This thought inspired me to work on an Influential Women of Music series. For me to draw every woman who has inspired me and others around the world to get into music. Whether it is just to enjoy or engage by starting their own projects.

August 1st, I will be displaying this series at the Vera Project. Follow me on Instagram so you can learn more about it leading up to the event. ciao. xxxo

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Also here are some cool links to check out for Troublemakers Art Club:

Video Bradley directed that was on MTV Portugal and Spain:
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Plus, another one I did he did for the band Scarves
Scarves - Mall Goths

Standard Goods Featured Artist: Eden Garcia

Join Standard Goods Thursday September 8th for Capitol Hill Art Walk. In an exhibit entitled WANDERLUST, featuring two Seattle based photographers. We sat down with Seattle Artist and Photographer Eden Garcia to learn more about him and his photography.  

Eden E Garcia Lopez is a photographer showing a collection of desired details composed into portraits. He captures the memory of aged colors and their textures with intention, as a time in place in which life exists in rhythm of the spirit. The subjects and settings hint to show how life and roles function according to the aging character. Using 35mm film as the tool, each frame is captured with the hopeful fulfilment of its memory. Eden's series of photos are brief moments from wandering the streets of Oaxaca.

Hello, tell me a little about yourself.  Where are you from?  How long have you been living in Seattle? What do you love about living here?

Hi I'm Eden, I've been here in Seattle since the mid 90's. At this point consider myself at home in this city. I was born in the lower part of Mexico in the State of Oaxaca (Wa-ha-ka). A place known for a lot of artisans and craft makers that practice traditional methods. With a variety of mediums, the use color seems to stand out as a distinctions of it's place in Mexico's visual arts. I find myself happy having this place as my place of origin and how it has pushed me to be a creator.

What's one of your favorite experiences as a photographer?

Being a photographer has been a reminder of quick note taking to details that make my day. It has always felt nice way to look back on those favorite moments, and the subject of how they interact in their surroundings. Some are people that I have gotten a chance to interact with, and some are weathered textures.. I always find myself lucky for those moments of spontaneous wanderlust.

Describe three ways to describe what you will be sharing with our guests during the "Wanderlust" art show coming up this Thursday at Standard Goods:

I would say it is, minimalistic photographs, of singular subjects, with a play of colors of moments in Oaxaca.

What kind of feelings does photography give you as an artist?

It feels like a magic power to visually steal something instantly.

Who are figures in the art world that influences or inspires you and why?

Currently a lot of what inspires me is media based, particularly instagram photographers that I would have never come across. Most of which focus on singular subjects, minimal shapes, and use of themed color palettes for each photo. For example you can look up icecreamppl, p.slim, matchboycollective, synder.erica, all of which have similarities to what Bill Cunningham's candid street photography feels like. Although some may have been directed or composed in a particular way, they still seem to hold a genuine relaxed way about their style of shooting photo's.

What are you excited about in this art show, "Wanderlust"?

I was really attracted to be showing a series with this theme. If there is one idea of what I find myself getting into on my free time, and a bit of film. It would most likely be me testing the limits to see how far I could wander before getting lost. I am always curious to see if I go just a little bit further from where I started happens to be the lucky place, where something special is.  

If you could choose anyone from anywhere and anytime to come to this show, who and why?

If I could bring Vivian Maier, that would be a dream. The work that she produced in her lifetime, and was only recently discovered. Portrayed an ideal skill that many photographers aim to become. The proximity of how close she could get to the subject. Her interest to street portraits in black and white, and also color seem so genuine in the way that it's almost as if she had known these people in the street. She composed them they way they were when she first saw them. She held that magic touch of charming a passing stranger for a quick still of their memory. A true wanderer with a camera.

What is a place you have been wanting to shoot at and why?

At this current time I can only imagine this place as a state of being. It would just be the way the light hits, or the way a glance happens. This could be anywhere, I would not need to go too far to find it, but rather I could be ready, and conscious of it about to happen.

If you could share or give advice to an aspiring photographer, what would you tell them?

For me taking photo's has always been moments that could make a good memory, in a way that could be personal to you or the person intended in receiving the image. There has always been a genuine love for what a camera is, it's function as a tool and falling in love with the process that creates each image. Whether it's the satisfactory sound of the shutter clicking at just the right moment, or the moment when you look back and remember that very second of when you took it. I would tell anyone who wants to become a better photographer to always feel responsible in creating these moments. There aren't ever enough ways show a something special that needs no words to describe. Take the photo you want.

Thank you for your time,  If you would like us to add or share anything else, like social media/website/portfolio in behalf of your photography:

Of course, happy to be sharing a bit with you. Feel free to check a little bit more of on my range in photograph on my website, and instagram

Standard Goods Featured Artist: Eden Garcia